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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

William Sharp household, 1840 U.S. Census, Dearborn County, Indiana

This census enumeration was made in 1840, a decade earlier than the 1850 census in a previous post. The 1840 census does not give the names of all members of the household, only the head (William Sharp). Other members of the household were counted within various age brackets. Household members who were employed, were also counted in various occupation categories.


The complete location description for this census is: "Townships of Lawrenceburg, Center, Randolph, Union, Caeser Creek, and all of Sparta south of the State Road from Wilmington to Indianapolis, in Dearborn County, Indiana." This includes Randolph Township where Rising Sun is located. In 1844, Randolph and adjoining townships, were split off from Dearborn County, to form Ohio County.

Here is the extract of the William Sharp household on line 25 ...

  Line 25
  Head of Household William Sharp
  Free White Persons: Male
20 & under 30 1
  Free White Persons: Female
Under 5 1
20 & under 30 1
  Free Coloured Persons: Male
Any age 0
  Free Coloured Persons: Female
Any age 0
  Slaves: Male
Any age 0
  Slaves: Female
Any age 0
  Total Persons 3
  Number persons employed in
Manufacture
and trade
?1
  Pensioners for Revolutionary Services
Name
Age
  Deaf and Dumb, Blind, Insane White Persons
Any condition 0
  Deaf and Dumb, Blind, Insane Colored Persons
Any condition 0
  Schools & c.
Any category 0

Source:


1840 U.S. census, Dearborn County, Indiana, population schedule, Townships of Lawrenceburg, Center, Randolph, Union, Caeser Creek, and all of Sparta south of the State Road from Wilmington to Indianapolis, p.84 (stamped), line 25, William Sharp; digital image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 September 2012); citing National Archives micro-film publication M704, roll 77.

Commentary:


The two female members of the household were probably William's first wife and daughter Sarah. The census image is marred in line 25 for the columns specifying occupation; the column for "Manufacture and Trade" may have been marked.

Although the census location does not explicitly state that the enumeration was conducted in the town of Rising Sun, William's neighbors on the census page include some of the town's prominent figures, such as Pinkney James (steamboat builder) and Samuel T. Gillett (Methodist pastor).